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Discuss: May Book Club Picks

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer

 

81wTvoBn2mLHeredity isn’t just about genes that pass from parent to child. Heredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. We say we inherit genes from our ancestors—using a word that once referred to kingdoms and estates—but we inherit other things that matter as much or more to our lives, from microbes to technologies we use to make life more comfortable. We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it.

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What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker

 

9780465096053_marchFor a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr’s students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. And yet, from the 1920s to today, physicists like John Bell, David Bohm, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics.

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Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN by Pauline Gagnon

 

9780198826279Here is a book written for every person who wishes to learn a little more about particle physics, without requiring prior scientific knowledge. It starts from the basics to build a solid understanding of current research in particle physics. A good dose of curiosity is all one will need to discover a whole world that spans from the infinitesimally small and stretches to the infinitely large, and where imminent discoveries could mark the dawn of a huge revolution in the current conception of the material world.

Discussion of Who Cares about Particle Physics?

Thursday, Jun 13, 2019, 5:30 PM

CIC
14th Floor, 1 Broadway Cambridge, MA

9 Members Attending

A discussion of “Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN” by Pauline Gagnon. The room opens at 5:30pm and discussion starts at 5:45pm.

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

 

9781501144325New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) from the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. As the Guardian said, Walker explains “how a good night’s shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier, and ward off cancer.”

Book Club “Why We Sleep” by Matthew Walker

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019, 1:00 PM

Roy and Karen’s Place
1810 S. Curtis Rd. Boise, ID

4 Humanists Attending

A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) from the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. As the Guardian said, Walker explains “how a good night’s shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slim…

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Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

 

9780393334791Bestselling author Mary Roach turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

Nonfiction – Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

Sunday, Jun 2, 2019, 12:00 PM

6 Book Lovers Attending

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Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction by John Polkinghorne

 

9780192802521This book gives a lucid, exciting, and accessible account of the surprising and counterintuitive ideas that shape our understanding of the sub-atomic world. It does not disguise the problems of interpretation that still remain unsettled 75 years after the initial discoveries. The main text makes no use of equations, but there is a Mathematical Appendix for those desiring stronger fare.

 

Entanglement: The Unlikely Story of How Scientists, Mathematicians, and Philosophers Proved Einstein’s Spookiest Theory by Amir D. Aczel

 

9780452284579Can two particles become inextricably linked, so that a change in one is instantly reflected in its counterpart, even if a universe separates them?  Albert Einstein’s work suggested it was possible, but it was too bizarre, and too contrary to how we then understood space and time, for him to prove. No one could. Until now. Entanglement tells the astounding story of the scientists who set out to complete Einstein’s work.

SciArt Book Club: Quantum Mechanics

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:30 PM

590 Madison Avenue
590 Madison Avenue New York, NY

10 Community Members Attending

Where: 590 Madison Avenue Atrium (entrance at 56th Street) When: May 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm Book: Quantum Theory: A Very Short Introduction by John Polkinghorne and/or Entanglement: The Unlikely Story of How Scientists, Mathematicians, and Philosophers Proved Einstein’s Spookiest Theory by Amir D. Aczel Quantum mechanics was conceptually essential for t…

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